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Our surprise Same Day Edit wedding video by our videographers, jetstickseven..
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This was definitely one of my favorite moments during our reception. It was so unexpected and such a sweet gesture for them to do :)
Another sweet surprise was from my DH ♥ he wanted to make our first dance song a secret til the day of..
Professional pictures of our Wedding Day, 10.10.10
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.make me up.
.my mother ♥.
.the dressing room.
.the groom's suite.
.my brother ♥.
.my bff ♥.
.the get down.
As of October 10, 2010, I am a MRS, completely blissful and overjoyed. :) I never imagined how happy I would be just to become my DH 's wife. My wedding was everything I wanted and more, and I was so excited to see all the planning and our vision come to life on our dream day. Of course, there were bumps here and there (we didnt start on time, the MC forgot to announce on of our GMs, and my poor veil and dress ripped - yes, I was horrified) but all in all, nothing could take me off Cloud 9 and focus on the fact that I was finally married to my best friend, and the man that I adore.
Enjoy every minute ladies, and soak it all up. The day and all its brilliance will pass by in a flash...
NON-PROs from our friends and family...
My cousins and my little brother, our ringbearer :)
Love happens when you never expect it. I never believed it until it happened to me. I guess it is true what they say when you know, you know. Because from the beginning, our relationship has always been so...EASY. There was never that awkwardness. All I have ever felt is complete ease and freedom to be myself, no editing necessary. Now what more can I ask for? :)
(Photo by Jason Q Tran Photography)
Check out some E-session teasers at: http://jasonqtranblog.com/2010/02/carleen-lawrence-city-of-angel.html
02.23.10: Got our e-pics today, YAY! Doesnt my baby look handsome? ;)
It was a weekend trip to San Diego. I had absolutely no idea. Trying to be romantic, Larry tried several times before the actual proposal - on the hotel rooftop, over a candle lit bubble bath, and before dinner with friends. But it happened in bed, 4 in the morning, while watching Married..With Children, with us just being us. My heart skipped, jumped, and cartwheeled all over. Awesome.
Celebrated at Extraordinary Desserts after, YUM!
The London Hotel West Hollywood, CA
The Andaz Hotel West Hollywood, CA
Save The Date
Ok, ok..I know the website really isnt paper, but I had to put it somewhere! LOL
My uncle did it for me and I absolutely LOVE it!! I cried tears of joy the first time I saw it, ha! ;*)
Check it out, and let me know what you think :)
*Other paper products can be seen in my last days*final details page :)
We are having a 1950s themed wedding shower since I just LOVE so much of the 50s style and sensibility :)
In the 50s it was common for the bride to have a bridal shower where all her guests gave her kitchen essentials along with their best recipes to start her off to be the "best housewife possible." So my friend and I came up with this invitation with a tear off recipe card for the guests to bring to the shower. Isnt it super cute?!
M Catipon Designs
Our Wedding Shower: LC's Sweet Tea
table arrangements and our guests' recipes plus recipe box my friend made us :)
this came from Home Ec textbook from the 1950s
The favors made by one of my BMs
Our towel cake & Red Velvet Cake from my Aunt Jeanne, isnt it awesome?! It matches our invites!! :)
Dessert table! The ice cream sundae cupcakes and my favorite homemade brownies by my BM Mayling :)
Pimp My Cupcake station!
The winner: Isnt it so cute?!
My awesome MOH Antoinette & I (thanks Onette for all your coordinating!)
My BMs Joyce and Jamie, who did the beautiful decorations!
My Aunt Jeanne & her daughter Syd; some of my girls and I
FH with his groomsmen
Our retro 50s photoshoot by my aunt :)
Some of the games the girls planned...
Arent they adorable?!
I cant say enough how lucky my FI and I are to have such awesome friends and family, who came together to have this great wedding shower for us. It was a wonderful event, and we enjoyed every minute of it! :D
I made pimp cups for my girls as my Thank You for the Bacholerette Party, and they loved it!! Just wanted to share my process with you girls in case you're interested :)
1. I got some old wine glasses I already had, cleaned and dried them thoroughly, and taped them off with Blue Painter's Tape. Because the glasses are curved, be careful to tape them evenly.
2. After carefully taping off the glasses, spraypaint the glasses with light, even coats. We did about 2 coats, leaving time to dry in between.
3. After 24 hrs or so, I took off the painters tape from all the wine glasses and cleaned them carefully with a damp cloth before placing the rhinestones on them. Make sure they are completely dry before placing the rhinestones. Place the rhinestones in a pattern of your choosing. I used Swarovski Flatback rhinestones in 3mm and 4mm sizes, with craft glue made for beads and glass.
4. I wanted to put their initials to personalize them so I taped in their initials from the inside, and followed the pattern. You can print out a font from your computer, but I preferred my own handwriting.
5. I used a high gloss sealer to seal the paint and keep it from chipping. **Make sure you cover the unpainted glass and rhinestones otherwise the sealant will destroy its sheen.**
6. Clean the insides of the glasses before use. Remember to only handwash these glasses and to handle them carefully. I also provided the girls with straws so they didnt have to worry about getting lipstick on the rhinestones. Enjoy!! :)
In PW tradition, here are the FI & I with our marriage license!! :)
Just for kicks, I took a pic of my ring (in the car again! LOL) after I figured out the MACRO function :P
For all the ladies who want to post their pic in the PW Marriage License Hall of Fame, go here
UPDATE: 11.22.10: my 5K Post :)
I am so honored to be this week's PW BOTW & featured in their Beautiful Weddings section!! :)
Blogs that we were lucky enough to be featured in :)
Our amazing wedding photographer, Jason Q Tran's features:
Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.
A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and worth six pennies. So this wedding tradition is definitely English, and many sources say that it began in the Victorian era.
Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. "Something old" symbolizes continuity with the bride's family and the past. "Something new" means optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead. "Something borrowed" is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.
As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true."
And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride's shoe represents wealth and financial security. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings.
The Veil, Cord and Coins Ceremony
- a Filipino Wedding Tradition.
At a traditional Filipino wedding, there are many sponsors in attendance to witness the wedding couples union. These sponsors symbolize guidance and support – and are a respected and trusted group of people that the couple may turn to in time of need.
In the traditional Filipino Veil, Cord and Coin Ceremony two sets of sponsors play active roles.
The first are the Veil Sponsors – usually one man and one woman – often one from each side of the blended family. At a specific point in the traditional Filipino wedding ceremony, the veil sponsors fasten a large veil on top of the bride’s head and over the grooms right shoulder.
This veil symbolizes unity and that the couple shall be “clothed as one.”
The second set of sponsors with an active role in this traditional Filipino ceremony are the Cord Sponsors. After the veil ceremony, the cord sponsors gently twine a white cord loosely in a figure eight around the couple.
This cord is a symbol of the lifelong tie and commitment between the bride and groom.
During the Coins portion of the ceremony the bride cups her hands under the groom’s cupped hands. The Pastor dribbles thirteen coins into the groom’s hands, allowing them to cascade into the brides hands, and spill from her hands into a plate held underneath.
This trickling of the coins is “… a sign of fidelity bestowed irrevocably” and symbolizes “the infinity of the bond of marriage, a union that lasts a lifetime”.
The Garter Toss
Today, the tradition of the wedding garter is tame in comparison to France of the 14th century. In North America, the bride wears two garters; one as a keepsake garter and the other for the throw away.
Both garters are worn on the right leg just above the knee.
Before the removal of the garter, the bride first throws her bouquet to the single women.
The groom removes the throw away garter from the brides leg, sometimes he removes it with his teeth , but more appropriately nowadays he uses his hands. He does this while the bride is sat in a chair.
After the garter is removed, he then throws it to the single male guests. The male guest then takes the garter and places it on the leg of the single female guest who has caught the bouquet.
Those that catch either item are said to be the next to marry. In some instances, it is said that they will marry each other.
The keepsake garter is removed later in private during the honeymoon night.
Numerous wedding garter traditions have been obtained over the years that still seem to become rules of etiquette today. Take a look at a few that are still popular and some that have long since been forgotten.
The garter tradition originated back to the 14th century. In parts of Europe the guests of the bride and groom believed having a piece of the bride’s clothing was thought to bring good luck. They would actually destroy the brides dress by ripping off pieces of fabric. Obviously, this tradition did not sit well with the bride, so she began throwing various items to the guests – the garter being one of them. It became customary for the bride to toss the garter to the men. But this also caused a great problem for the bride….sometimes the men would get drunk, become impatient and try to remove the garter ahead of time. Therefore, the custom derived at having the groom remove and toss the garter to the men. With this change, the bride began to toss the bridal boutique to the unwed girls who were eligible for marriage.
.ceremony. The London Hotel
.reception. The Andaz Hotel
.wedding.coordinator. onefourthree events
.photographer.engagement one.day of. Jason Q Tran
.photographer.engagement two *the kid in me* Mimi Nguyen
.veil. La Soie Bridal
.jewelry. my something borrowed from my Grandmother :)
.bridesmaids. Love by Enzoani
.BM.shoes. Pelle Moda
.groom. Hugo Boss
.groom.&.groomsmen.shoes. Creative Recreation
.hair.&.makeup. Theresa Huang
.floral.design. Empty Vase
.chairs.&.lighting. Chiavari Chair Rentals
.invitations.&.papergoods. MLCatipon Designs *contact me for more info*
3 20" Glass Cylinder Vases - $40 for all 3 vases, plus shipping. Cash or Paypal only.
Silver Birch branches. Pruned and spray painted silver by my DH :) 2 bundles purchased plain (no paint) for $30 plus shipping - will sell for $20 OBO plus shipping. Cash or Paypal only.
Haute Bride Brooch $120 OBO plus shipping, or available for local pickup. Cash or Paypal only.
Silver Plated Toasting Flutes with encased Crystal stones in the stems. $40 OBO plus shipping. Cash or Paypal only.
Haute Bride B628 Bracelet in Ivory $180 OBO plus shipping, or available for local pickup. Paypal or cash (if local) only.
*SOLD as of 11.05.10*